When you begin planning your spring break and decide that you and your friends will go on an epic road trip, there are many factors you need to consider. However, if you don't take into account the proper maintenance and care of your car, you may be making an even more epic mistake. You'll run a higher risk of having your car break down while on the road. Schedule an appointment with your mechanic before you leave to have the following done:
Have Your Tires Checked and Get Alignment Services
As your prepare for your road trip, one of the main components of your car that you should focus on is the tires and wheels. If you do not have tires that are in good condition, you run the risk of blowing a tire and even causing a wreck.
Getting your tire pressure checked as well as having your mechanic assess the tread on your tires can help you determine if the tires need to be replaced prior to your road trip. Your wheel and tire alignment, on the other hand, has to do with your car's whole suspension system.
Your mechanic will lift up your car and take a look at the angle at which your tires attach your vehicle via the suspension. Then, they will make adjustments accordingly to ensure that your tires meet your suspension at the proper angle, preventing suspension damage.
Have Your Oil Changed and The Fluids Checked
Of course, you also need to make sure that your engine will run smoothly when you plan to put a lot of mileage on your car. One of the maintenance tasks that you need to complete in order to ensure your engine runs properly is to get your engine oil changed.
The oil is what lubricates your engine and keeps the various metal components from rubbing together. This could cause friction that would grind the components down and do irreparable damage to your engine, causing a total system failure. Fresh oil is more viscous and fluid while oil that has been used in your car a great deal can get thickened and solidified with debris and other contaminants. As such, an oil change is vital to keeping your car running well when you go on a long road trip. Other fluids to have checked include your coolant, windshield wiper fluid, and transmission fluid.
With these maintenance checks in mind, you can be sure that your car is ready to go for your epic spring break road trip. For more information, consider contacting a professional like those at Spring Suspension & Alignment Services.